A look back at my 2020 Love Notions makes and SALE!

2020 was a doozy in so many ways. It was full of incredible moments and so much uncertainty. Looking back over my sewing projects for the year, they were a true reflection of life and how we rolled with the punches. My sewing time was at a premium and as a result I sewed less and sewed more quick, easy to wear pieces that fit into my new, low-key lifestyle. In honor of Love Notions big site-wide 30% off sale, today I’m sharing some of my favorite LN makes of 2020.

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I started the year with a quick fun Sloane in this darling print from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I used the Classic Tee neckline and have since made that my go-to neckline for the Sloane. I just like crew necks and I figure if I’m making my own clothes, I should be making them exactly how I like them. Sometimes, a too-wide neckline is enough to make me not wear something so I need to remember to make the slight adjustments so these pieces will get worn!

My second quick make of the year was this amazing Sybil pencil skirt in Raspberry Creek ponte (good news, it’s BACK!). I wish this had gotten more wear this year but sadly with online church and no big nights out, this piece is just waiting for a bit of normal life to return. I can’t wait to wear this more! The Sybil Skirt collection is so full of options and a must have in any pattern collection.

The Sabrina Slims rerelease in early February was great timing. I made two pair for the rerelease- one stretch denim and one soft ponte. Sabrina’s are great for this time, still comfy but they look a little nicer than the sweatpants you’ve been reaching for.

This Rhapsody Blouse was a staple for me this summer. I love the easy, breeziness of it and in this amazing Art Gallery rayon, this is one piece I can’t wait for warm weather to wear it again. I have a stack of fabrics pegged for more Rhapsodies this year and I’m really hoping they happen sooner rather than later. I really need to get the Rhapsody maxi dress out of my head and into reality STAT!

This post just had to include the Allegros. I think we’re looking at a three way tie for my most used LN pattern with this, the Classic Tee, and the Sloane Sweater. I now have a pair of Allegros for every day of the week in everything from tencel chambray to rayon challis to double brushed poly and even hacci sweater knit. This is the pattern of quarantine life. Easy to wear, oh-so-comfortable, and so, so versatile. I love using this pattern as the bottom piece in a faux romper look. I’ve lengthened the pants a bit to really work year round too. A good, elastic waist pant and skirt pattern is such a workhorse and I will continue to reach for this pattern in 2021 (and beyond!).

This Namaste set has been one of my most worn makes this year. I admittedly wear them all day and then sleep in them at night (or vice versa on especially lazy days!). I love that this feels ok to answer the door in at 2 pm and no one really suspects you’re still in your pj’s (not that that’s happened or anything ;)). The Namaste Nightwear Collection is latest sewalong pattern happening on Facebook and I highly encourage you to join in the fun. This is such a great versatile pattern that will get you through whatever these next few months have in store.

These were some of my final makes of the year and boy are they favorites already! The Compose Robe came at the perfect time. My girl loves hers and I love cozying up in mine too!

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Harmony Top and lengthened Allegros
Cadence Top
Cadence Top and Glissando Bottoms
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Rockford Raglan
Sabrina Slims
Sloane Sweater and Samson Sweater
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Classic Tee and Allegro Bottoms
Sprint Muscle Tee
Luna Loungewear and Namaste Nightwear
Tidal Top
Sloane Sweater and Allegro Bottoms hack

Looking back, 2020 was chock-full of Love Notions sewing for me. Although it was less than my normal crazy sewing years, it was still productive in the best way. These pieces really worked for us and I love, love the time I was able to carve away to create. Love Notions patterns give me a chance to get creative and make clothing pieces that all my kids and I reach for all year long. Make sure to check out the 30% off Love Notions sale and let’s kick off 2021 with some sewing and hope for a great year to come!

Project Run and Play Lounge Library

The newest Project Run and Play collection, Project Lounge Library is here and I can’t wait to share it with you! We got to join in the lookbook fun and you’ve just got to check it out. The PRP Lookbooks are some of my favorite inspiration ever! I love to see the creativity and gorgeous makes and I always feel so inspired. You can check out the newest one here.

All of our fabric for this post and lookbook was sponsored by Raspberry Creek Fabrics. From linen to french terry and double brushed polyester, this collection is all about the comfort and these fabrics were the perfect match!

For the lookbook spreads we all picked books we loved. When I had just two little boys, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was a favorite. Of course, we had our own Alexander so it was extra relatable. We laughed at all of the silly things that kept going wrong in his day and I loved the end sentiment that some days are just like that (even in Australia!). 2020 has felt just like his day. Just when we think we’ve heard and handled it all, something else comes along to throw us all for a loop. Not gonna lie, it’s been rough BUT I wouldn’t trade it for anything. We’ve learned so much along the way and while it hasn’t been the year we’d planned, it’s definitely had it’s bright spots. Instead of focusing on the negative, we put a positive spin on it!

Our toilet paper supply is ready for whatever may come. We’ve never been more prepared!

We’ve had endless time for new hobbies! Music, puzzles, crafts, games- you name it and we’ve done it. With all the time at home, we’re loving learning new things and spending more time together.

For girls who like to accessorize, masks are just one more thing to complete a look. We’ve tried all the DIY patterns and store bought masks and love having a variety to match just about anything.

And one of my favorite things is jammie day, all day, every day! We love living in our comfy clothes and this whole collection is just meant to be lounged in. From pj’s to joggers, our wardrobe has changed this year and I’m not mad about it one bit.

I also designed 5 cut files as part of the collection that you can pick up in the PRP shop. It was fun coming up with our favorite book quotes and reading themed graphics!

Are you ready for all the glorious details on my makes for this collection? This collection features 10 garment patterns and a darling beanie and there is a separate collection of dolls and clothing too! I was able to sew up 9 of the patterns this round and they were all soooo good! This is by far my favorite collection to date and each pattern will be a staple in our house.

Charlie is wearing the George Hoodie and Joseph Joggers, both are unisex patterns from Bobbins ‘N Buttons. The George goes from 12 mos- 12 years and the Joseph Joggers are 12 mos- 14 years. The George is a great relaxed fit hoodie that come together in a flash. The Joseph Joggers are a slim-fit (but not too slim!) with optional knee panels.

For his outfit, I used simple french terry solids in light grey and navy.

In true little boy fashion, this kiddo put those knee patches to the test ASAP. Within minutes of putting these pants on, he’d already slid across the wood floor multiple times (clean wood floors are just too tempting!).

I had to hide a little bit of my all time favorite RCF print for my boys in the hood lining. Anybody else hoarding this oldie but goodie?

He got a Bookish Beanie in one of his favorite fabrics, a camo waffle knit. He had originally said he didn’t care what fabric I used because he wasn’t really a beanie guy but then I slid this puppy on his head and he had a total change of heart!

This look is the Novella Pinafore paired with the Story Top and Dress by Elegance and Elephants. They both are in sizes 2-12 and have multiple options for each. I did the aline skirt for the Novella and the top version of the Story.

I used a stretch linen for the Novella (currently sold out but this dusty purple would be lovely too!). The stretch in the linen makes this such a great kid fabric- comfortable and still so chic! The top is a soft double brushed polyester.

I love that these pieces look extra special but still are comfortable. They pair so well together but that top also looks darling with jeans too!

To finish her look, I sewed up the Biography Bomigan from Jennuine Designs. This is a unisex pattern that comes in sizes newborn to 14. It is a cross between a cardigan and bomber jacket and makes a great lightweight layering piece.

I used ponte for this version (black from RCF and teal from the stash). You can add either snaps or a zipper but once she tried it on she really wanted the open cardigan look so we kept it simple.

This girl got an Alice Top (and dress) and Prose and Poetry Cargo Joggers. The Alice Top and Dress is a woven garment with optional sleeves and shoulder ruffles that comes in sizes 12 mos- 13 years. The Prose and Poetry Cargo Joggers have skirt and short options and come in sizes 1-16.

Her top is made in a flannel from the stash (maybe Joann’s?) and her joggers are a rayon linen. I think the weight of this linen was ideal for this pattern. It gives it a little structure but also drapes really nicely.

I squeezed in the Alice Top very last minute and I’m so glad I did. My girls are kinda too ‘simple’ for ruffles and I had a hard time envisioning this pattern without them. When I spotted this plaid in my stash I just knew I had to give it a try. I did a tie at the neck that matches the drawstring in the joggers and love the little detail.

With each make I thought I’d found a new favorite but these Prose joggers really might take the cake. There are so many fun pockets (including a couple of secret pockets that your kids will die over!). The fit is amazing and they really don’t take too long to sew up. Which is a great thing considering the other two kiddos have already put in their orders for their own pair.

She also got a George Hoodie in yummy burgundy french terry (don’t ask me how this color is even softer than the others?!). I threw in a fluffy faux fur scrap for the hood lining and this is the garment that I’m wishing was in my size. It’s a little piece of heaven!

The last pattern I sewed up was the Nini Noni Nightwear. This is such a powerhouse pattern. It’s a unisex pattern in sizes newborn to 16 years (talk about an amazing size range!) and is loaded with different views. Nightgown- check. Shorts and short sleeves- check. Puff sleeves and long pants- check.

This girl got a nightgown in maxi length with long puff sleeves. In a super soft double brushed polyester, she loves to wear this as often as it’s clean.

Big sis is in long pants and short sleeves- perfect for year round lounging! This cute leopard print double brushed poly is a teenage dream.

This kiddo also got short sleeves and long pants. CLUB jersey is his favorite for pajamas and add in the fact that it’s tie dye and these are already well loved.

Phew! If you made it through that novel (see what I did there?), head on over to the Project Run and Play shop to check out the whole collection for even more inspiration. And follow along on the blog for the next two weeks as all of the look book collaborators share their makes!

Thanks so much for your support and let me know if you have any questions about this latest collection. I know your kiddos will love it as much as mine do!

Theodor Sweatshirt New in the Project Run and Play Shop

The Project Run and Play shop just got a little sweeter! The Theodor Raglan Sweatshirt from Bobbins and Buttons is part of the latest batch to hit the shop. You’ll have to excuse me while I go sew up a million!

The Theodor is a unisex pattern that comes in sizes 12 months- 12 years. It’s got classic raglan styling and is a looser, easy fit.

You can’t go wrong with a good raglan, amiright? They are right up there with the easiest things to sew and they are always, always in style.

They are also perfect for using up all those precious scraps. This sweatshirt is a mix of some of my favorite fabrics. That’s glorious Raspberry Creek oatmeal french terry for the body (I know we’re all waiting anxiously for it to arrive this year). The sleeves are from another shop local to me, Design Co. Fabrics that I picked up during the early quarantine months. Looks like most of their french terry has sold out (they’re a clearance shop that sometimes gets amazing one time buys in) but I’m glad I snagged some while I could. This teal is nice and muted and oh so perfect. The rib knit is from the ever popular ISEE Fabrics, another shop that has grown incredibly fast these last few months. This particular color is currently sold out as well but join their Facebook group for all the latest stocking news. So basically, I’m the worst and all my fabrics are not available BUT I couldn’t resist this amazing combination and I knew my little man would flip over it. And this pattern really is good enough to cut into those fabrics you’ve been holding onto forever!

I sewed up a straight size 8 and I love how it fits. It’s slightly oversized and that makes it extra comfy! It also means that maybe, just maybe it will fit him through the whole winter. I also love the big wide cuffs and neckband. They really add so much to the look. I added extra top stitching to his top- I like the finished look and it takes just a few minutes longer. All in all, this pattern can be cut and sewn in a nap time for sure! It’ll probably take you longer to decide on your fabrics than to sew it up!

My little man loved his sweatshirt enough to model it in scorching heat. Well, it was that and the fact that he got Takis as his after shoot treat! A little bribery goes a long way with this boy.

Make sure you head to the Project Run and Play shop and check out all the new patterns on sale for a limited time!

Woven Hoodie with Riley Blake Destinations

It’s been awhile since this kiddo was on the blog and I’m excited to share this fun project with you! The Riley Blake Destinations line is a travel based collection and we had to jump in on the tour. This whole COVID thing has definitely put a damper on our travel plans but we’re doing our best to keep positive and keep exploring any way we can. This line has us itching to hit the road again!

When looking through the prints in this line, my little guy picked out a few that he loved. The Destinations Map print is subtle and so fun. He went with blue but there are 6 different colorways of this print so you have plenty to choose from!

For a contrast, he picked the United States Destinations in black. We loved looking at all the places and seeing just how many he’s visited. So many iconic destinations added to his must see list and it was fun to see that in his few short years he’s already seen so many too. There’s a World Destinations print too that’s full of all those bucket list places you’ve been dying to visit.

For his hoodie I used the Shwin Designs Submarine Pullover. I made it once before and it was such a hit. For this version, I let him dictate all of the details. I slimmed the sleeves slightly and then had him try on the shell to see how he wanted it finished. He picked to skip the elastic hem and buttons on the placket. I’m always game when their preferences mean less work for me! I love that this looks like a mini Vero top! This is the biggest size and I’m sad he won’t be able to have a closet full as he grows.

Make sure you head to Riley Blake to check out the amazing panels available with this line. I’ve never been so tempted to start quilting! From San Francisco to New York and London, so many of my favorite destinations to choose from.

Project Run and Play Summer Fun Digital Designs

It’s no secret I love me a good graphic tee! Getting creative and firing up my Cricut makes me so happy. I had the chance to sit down and design six graphics for the latest Project Run and Play collection and boy, was it a blast!

I was designing these graphics as winter was coming to an end and spring was in the air. Dreaming of sunshine and long summer days was the perfect respite for those dreary days. Throw in a pandemic and these sayings and graphics really got me through.

The whole digital design collection is fifteen super fun warm weather themed graphics that work great for the whole family. I can’t wait to grab some of the other designs to make some cute tees for the summer.

My designs are Sun Squad, Beach Bum, Take Me To The Ocean, Life is better at the beach, Good Vibes, and Sunshine and Daydreams. I was going for a real 80’s laid back summer vacation vibe while creating them. I couldn’t help but think back to my youth and the carefree, easy days of summer. Oh, to be a kid during summer break again! No worries or cares in the world…

Fabric for the tees was provided by Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I love their white cotton lycra- it’s not too thick, but it’s opaque and the perfect base for creating. My vinyl was all from my local vinyl shop, Vinyl Outlet, and I used Iron-On Turbo Flex vinyl because I LOVE the colors it came in. Super fun pastels that totally matched my retro vision.

The tee is the Lemon Tee from the Project Watercolor Beach collection. It’s such a great basic unisex tee that is full of fun color blocking options too. I did the banded sleeves for a ringer tee look that really added to the vintage feel of the graphics. I sized up one for my middle daughters for a relaxed fit but the others are true to their measurements. And yes, I made sizes 8, 9, and 10… crazy that they’re years apart but similar in chest sizes!

These shots are some of my favorites of my kiddos! They just epitomize the summer kid life to me and I know I’ll treasure these pics forever!

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share all this cuteness! Hop on over to the Project Run and Play shop and get creating!

Watercolor Beach Designer Capsule from Project Run and Play

Project Run and Play’s latest capsule designer collection is here and we are head over heels for it! Project Watercolor Beach includes ten children’s patterns that are perfect as we head into warm and sunny weather.

This post is sponsored by Project Run and Play and Raspberry Creek Fabrics. All opinions are my own.

I had the opportunity to sew up six of the ten patterns for the LookBook and I’m loving the variety. If you haven’t had a chance to browse through the LookBook I highly recommend grabbing a beverage and kicking up your feet while you peruse the amazing inspiration. There are so many incredible makes from the designers, other past PRP participants, and testers. Audrey does such a fantastic job putting these together.

I sewed up the Coral Wrap Dress, Viridian Swimsuit, Cobalt Board Shorts, Chromium Cropped Hoodie, Golden Dress, and Lemon Tee. I can’t wait to get my hands on the other patterns in the collection too!

Let’s start with the swimsuits! Summer is here and we can’t wait to hit the water. I sewed up two version of the Viridian Swimsuit and this pattern rocked our world. I’m always reaching for my RCF CLUB swim prints but went simple this time with RCF solid swim fabric. For this suit I used deep licac, light blue, and blossom pink solids. Big sister got a classic dusty olive. I love the weight and quality of RCF swim fabrics and these solids are no exception. The matte finish is my favorite and really ups the look of quality and design. There are so many colors to choose from too!

As we browsed our favorite clothing sites this spring, there were so many that could be recreated using this adorable pattern. One piece maillot- check. Two piece color-blocked- check. Ruffles- check and check. Racerback OR scoopback- of course. So many options and looks can be created with this one incredible pattern.

It comes in sizes newborn- 12 years- can you just imagine the tiny baby rolls in this suit?!

My cute little tweens were so happy with their suits. One wanted sweet and feminine and one wanted sassy and sporty. I love that this one pattern gave us both!

For this suit I used pieced front top and bottoms and scoop back. I also used the optional bands and found that adding 3/4″ elastic to them helped keep them in place.

Sophie got a pieced front top with optional ruffles and racerback and solid bottoms. She’s particularly hard to fit and we were both so happy to have an age appropriate suit that looks fantastic on her growing body.

Charlie loves his new Cobalt Board Shorts. They have a grown-up look to them and finishes that we both love. This tonal teal grey and white stripe fabric gives these shorts a ready-to-wear look. It was fun to play with the stripe placement and he loves teal so we made sure to get as much teal as we could showing.

The Cobalts are a unisex pattern in sizes newborn-12 featuring multiple front closure options, pockets, and two length options. I did the flat front, elastic back Bermuda length. I’ve sewn my share of boy swimsuit patterns and this one is up there near the top as far as fit and construction.

The Chromium Cropped Hoodie was just perfect paired with board shorts. Now let’s talk about a pattern with options…this pattern has got them! It’s a unisex pattern and comes in sizes newborn to 16. You can do a hoodie (with ears if you want!), funnel neck, cowl or crew, and either cropped or full length as well as short or long sleeved.

I think there’s nothing better than slipping on a cozy hoodie after a day at the pool so we went with a long sleeve, full length (with rolled hem), and a hood. Cozy perfection in this light grey french terry.

The Coral Wrap Dress is another pattern that is full of choices. You can sew up a top, skirt, or knee, midi, or maxi dress. It fits sizes 1-14 and can be dressed up or down. We love it as a swim cover-up that also doubles as the perfect casual dress too!

This tie dye double brushed poly print was the starting point for our looks and I just can’t get enough of it. I want a whole wardrobe out of it! The subtle pastel colors are so so pretty and it was just meant for this dress pattern.

The Golden Dress is such a classic silhouette. It features dolman sleeves, elastic waist and a-line skirt. In sizes 12 months- 14 years, it’s a simple dress that can be worn as a swim cover-up or an easy-to-wear everyday dress.

The first time I saw this challis print I knew it needed to be a swim coverup of some kind. It’s so light and breezy and was perfect for this pattern. I lends a little maturity to this pattern and will be something she can wear for years as she grows.

Make sure you pick up these patterns and support the Project Run and Play shop! These designers have worked so hard to get these patterns out there and I’m thrilled to be able to be associated with them.

Love Notions and Raspberry Creek Fabrics- A Match Made in Kid Heaven!

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An amazing Love Notions sale at the same time as a new Raspberry Creek fabric line is cause for a little celebrating!  All patterns (except the newly revamped Rhapsody) are on sale for 40% off through tomorrow, Sunday May 10th.  40% off!!!  That’s impossible to pass up.  I decided to use a variety of kids patterns for some super fun outfits for my kiddos.

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First, I sewed up the Girl’s Tidal Top and Tank.  I sewed up a batch of these in testing but always forget about this fun pattern.  It’s so fun to mix prints and has lots of options- Tunic, top, and dress length as well as tank, sleeveless, and short sleeves.  Like most Love Notions kids patterns, it comes in sizes 2t-16, one of my favorite things since my girls are creeping near the top end of most children’s size charts.  There’s a ladies version that I love as well!

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I used this pretty Vintage Tropical Floral print (there are SOOOOO many gorgeous florals in this line it was nearly impossible to pick!) paired with Salmon Painted Check Gingham and solid salmon jersey for the bands.  I love pairing florals with other fun prints and this gingham is so cute!  It coordinated so good with both the cupcakes and sprinkle prints too.

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My little guy got a comfy new outfit too!  He’s been wearing things for multiple days during this strange stay at home time.  It’s been amazing on laundry.  He only wants to wear the most comfortable clothes though.  This outfit made the cut!

I used the Tie Dye Sports Balls in french terry for his shorts and heathered grey and teal solid jerseys for his tee.

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I sewed up the Sprint Muscle Shirt for the first time and we both absolutely love it!  I can’t wait to make some for my girls too.  The front color blocking detail is sporty and so fun.  You can do it with or without the hood and front color blocking.  I think my girls need a cute graphic muscle tee- think rocker-style!

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For the shorts I used the Thomas Track Pants basic short variation.  I love that this pattern works for both knit and woven.  It’s fantastic for jammies and it worked great for these easy to wear lounge shorts.  I used 1.5″ elastic in the waistband just per personal preference and cut the legs 2″ above his knee.  We rolled them quickly for these pics and I’ll make sure to tack the hems up on the side seams.  He tried these on and has refused to take them off.  Good sign but leaves little details like hems for later, lol!

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The girls fell in love with the whole Sweet Treats line by Brittney Laidlaw.   They both needed new summer pj’s and this line was just perfect for them.

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Payton got a new Luna Loungewear set.  This pattern has extended plus sizing which is so hard to find for kids.  It has a cami, nighty, capri, short and bralette all included.  I used the cami and capri’s for this set.  Big sis got a set in testing that she is still wearing all these years later.  They’ve been such a favorite! There’s also a ladies version if you want to treat yourself too!

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This little miss was smitten with the Cupcake print.   It’s such an adorable print!  The colors are absolutely amazing.  I struggled when picking coordinates because it goes with ALL the pinks! It’s adorable with lighter hues but this girl needed a little something bright and cheery so I went with fuchsia jersey for the main cami and light pink for the straps.

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Big sis got a new set of Namaste pj’s.  She rotates between her Luna capris (that are now bermuda shorts) and her Namaste set each night so I knew she needed another set to throw in there.  (There’s a ladies version of this pattern as well and I LOVE my set!).

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The Namaste pattern features a faux crossover top and matching detail on the pant.  There are short and long sleeves as well as shorts and full length pants.  There is also a night shirt view.  I added a couple of inches to the length of these shorts (I sewed up a size 10 width but she’s in a 16 for height!).

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This cute sprinkle fabric is like a party in a print!  It coordinates with everything!  I paired it with solid mint jersey but you could use so many of the other summer prints with it or any of the CLUB basics too.  It’s just so cheerful!

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It was so nice to get back to my machines and to sew up some old favorites as well as a new favorite too.  Love Notions patterns remind me how much I love sewing.  They come together easily and always fit me and my kids so well.  They’re easy to alter to our liking and are usually no-fuss and so comfortable to wear, especially in RCF CLUB knits.  Sewing with CLUB knits is my happy place.  They are just the right weight and so easy to sew (no curling or stretching out).  A couple of days with Love Notions and RCF was just what this mama needed.

Make sure to grab your Love Notions patterns on sale through tomorrow.  You can search my blog for Love Notions pattern to read all about my favorites.  These Raspberry Creek prints are also on sale through Wednesday the 13th.  What a perfect combination!

 

Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics Day Four- Girls Swim Capsules

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Day four is here and I’m so excited for today’s post.  Swim capsules are so fun to sew and even more fun to wear.  Being able to mix and match pieces gives you so many options and stretches your swim wardrobe so far.  Plus it’s amazing for kids and tweens who can’t seem to keep their two-piece suits in one place- just grab any piece and go!

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I created two different capsules, one for each of my girls.  They each picked their fabrics and I had fun picking patterns to pair with these prints.  Raspberry Creek Fabrics offers so many prints that coordinate making it so easy to come up with cute combos.  I like to do at least one stripe, a fun print (like the leopard prints or a pretty floral), and a solid or something subtle that will match everything.

For this set I used Blossom Pink and Sage Palm Trees, Blossom Pink Polka Dots, Abstract Animal Print, Black White Sage Blossom Pink Multi Stripe, Black and White Leopard, and Solid Blossom Pink.  Can you see how many of them had the same colors in the name of the listing?  This makes it so easy to know if your prints will match!

The fabrics from this set were all part of the same collection from Kim Henrie which means they were designed to coordinate!  I used the Vertical Multi Stripe, Pink Orange and Black Leopard, Tangerine Orange Micro Stripe, and Pink Micro Stripe.

I sewed this set up before our trip to Hawaii in January and it was so perfect for our beach days!  These pictures make me so wistful for warmer days, traveling, and times when our biggest worry was what flavor of shave ice to get.

For this set I used the Made for Mermaids Calypso pattern.  It’s one of my go-tos (you can see our other versions here and here) and it was easy to customize.  These are a size 10 with a 12 length.  For the bottoms I cut on the plain high-waisted height but still added the band to give it a little more height.  This girl is very conservative and likes to be covered.  Her tops are all Calypso tops as well.  The pink stripe is the view A double flounce.  For the leopard top I simple used only the long flounce pieces and omitted the top layer.  The orange stripes is a view B bandeaux top.  I highly recommend this pattern if you are new to sewing or just a little timid when sewing swim.  The pattern is full of tips and the techniques used are now my default way for doing things.  All of the pieces are lined (the tops I just did the front bandeaux piece and the bottoms are fully lined) and the way you put them together all of the side seams are nice and hidden making them even more comfortable.

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I can’t get over how much I love this set!  It’s so cheery and a little bit unexpected.  She loved wearing these pieces on our trip and I know they’ll be worn a ton when we finally get some warm days.

Now, this set I got a little more creative.  I used the Calypso, the Megan Nielsen Mini Cottesloe, Made for Mermaids Roxy, and the Modkid Perfect Tee.  She requested a rash guard, another Cottesloe, and some more high-waisted bottoms.  These patterns were great choices to create the capsule of her dreams.

Both of these bottoms are the Roxy bottoms from Made for Mermaids.  They are a size 10 with a band added to the top.  She was right in between an 8 and 10 for waist and hips so I sized up since we’re at the start of the season.  They are slightly big and the added band brings them in a bit.  This time for the band, I trimmed off the top of both the front and back pieces and then added the band by sewing my elastic in the round, folding the band pieces over it and serging it on.  For the tie on the pink pair, I added a couple of inches to the wide end that gets sewn into the side seams so that our bow would be a little longer.

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This top is the Calypso with the single long flounce.  It’s just so cute and quick to sew that I can’t help making a million of them.

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For the rash guard I used my slimmest tee pattern which is the Modkid Perfect Tee.  I sewed it exactly per the pattern instructions (adding a lining to the front piece) and in her current size (size 10).  I personally like mine a bit more fitted but she was really happy with a bit looser fit.

Let’s talk about the Cottesloe.  These pieces are the view D high waisted bottoms with the high scoop back top in a size 9 with 11 length.  I tested this pattern last year and it was one of her favorite suits.  I do have a couple of issues with this pattern.  First there are no trunk measurements which makes it really hard to determine the right size for length.  I laid one of our one-piece patterns that fits well on top of this one piece and it was at least 3-inches too short (if I used the longest size Cottesloe).  For that reason, I’ll be sticking to the two piece for my girls.  I also measure my own elastic for the waist and lower bodice.  I cut pieces three inches longer than the pattern called for based on her size.

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The Cottesloe has much more negative ease than other patterns that I’ve used.  These are the slightly too big Roxy bottoms under the Cottesloe’s.  There’s quite the difference but both fit just fine.  The Cottesloe’s are stretched much more and the Roxy’s are only stretched a bit across her bottom.

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These sets just have me wishing and dreaming of another beach vacation and lazy days in the sun!

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Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics Day Three- New Favorite Swim Patterns for men, boys, and girls

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We’re halfway through the Suit Up for Summer Blog Tour.  Do you have a favorite suit you’ve seen yet?  Are you making plans for your own swimsuit sewing?  I don’t know about you but my list of patterns to try continues to grow with each post!

Today I want to share a few of my favorite suit patterns.  I sewed suits up for my four youngest kids this tour (I have the fabric ready to go for my oldest but with limited sewing time he’ll get his a bit later).  In sewing so many suits, I had a few patterns jump out as favorites.

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First, I want to talk about the Men’s Swim Trunks by 5 out of 4.  I sewed these up last year for my oldest and he loved them so when looking for a pattern for this growing boy I turned to them again.  He’s now sized out of most boy patterns and is on the small end of men’s patterns.  I used a size small and made a couple of adjustments.

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He requested this checker fabric but really wanted a plain black waistband.  This pattern has you sew on a separate inner waistband piece that gets flipped all the way to the inside.  To meet his request I took length off the front and back rise and doubled the width of the waistband piece to make a separate waistband casing.  I then sewed it on like a band and left an opening for the elastic.  I skipped grommet holes and added a faux drawstring.  This pattern calls for 1.5″ elastic in the waist and I think it was perfect.  I think after sewing all the board shorts for this tour I need to stock up on that size elastic!

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I skipped all of the pockets and kept these nice and simple.  I did chop three inches off of the length to get this length on him.  The pattern doesn’t have height measurements but instead has finished inseam measurements to help you get the look you want.

If you are looking for a men’s swim trunk pattern, this is a great pattern to work with.  It’s a nice base if you want to play around with it too.

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These two patterns are new to me this year and I am absolutely smitten (as are these two!).  It’s no surprise to me that many of the other bloggers on the tour also sewed these patterns up- they’re just so cute! I’m talking about the Lowland Kids Swim Briefs and Sofiona Designs Narwhal Swimsuit.  I shared another pair of swim briefs yesterday and I’m pretty sure he’ll have at least one more pair come summertime.

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The swim briefs are unlike most boy patterns in that they are sewn with regular stretch swim fabric.  My little guy LOVES how comfy they are!

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This is a size 7/8 in the wider width (the upper sizes have both a regular and wide fit).  I skipped the real drawstring and sewed my signature faux drawstring (nothing worse than loose drawstrings falling out).  These are not lined- they were my tester for yesterdays pair and RCF swim fabric is nice and opaque so I knew they’d still be wearable.  I did line the next pair with sport mesh and he loves them either way.

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I was nervous he’d miss the brief-type of liner but he really prefers these over them.  He’s a boxer brief kinda kid so this feels natural and comfortable to him.

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Let’s talk about the Narwhal.  It’s so full of options and with each new version I see I now feel the need to sew them ALL.  She’s declared this her favorite suit I’ve ever made her!  That makes this momma over the moon!

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I sewed the one-piece version with the pieced front and criss-cross detailing.  This is a size 8 chest blended to a 10 in hips, waist, and trunk.  I loved all the measurements included, with loads of finished garment measurements.  This makes it so much easier to get a good fit on kiddos that don’t fall into one size.

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I skipped the criss-cross back detail and simply sewed my straps right onto the back binding.  Believe it or not, I’m not sure I’ve sewn a swimsuit with binding since my very first suit years and years ago.  I’ve been avoiding them like the plague!  Turns out- they’re not so scary!  I used my twin needle on my sewing machine and they really were pretty easy.  Not perfect but still good.

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For these suits I sewed up the lemons (paired with the solid yellow swim).  I think navy, yellow, and kelly green are one of my favorite combos.  So preppy and classic!  This is right up there as one of my favorite RCF swim prints ever.

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Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics Day Two- Boy Swimwear PDF Comparison

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It’s Day Two and I’m feeling so uplifted already.  Yesterday’s posts were so enlightening and relatable.  I loved the creativity and it’s so heartwarming knowing that we’re all in this crazy situation together.  Sending you all lots of love from my little corner of the internet.
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For today’s post I’m doing my own ‘comparison’ post of four different boy swimsuit patterns.  The comparison is in quotes because these are not all sewn straight per the pattern.  I shortened two of the patterns and did a different waistband elastic on one as well.  These were personal preference but shouldn’t affect the overall fit of each suit.  I sewed up the Sew A Little Seam Linden Shorts with the liner-added, 5 out of 4 Boys Kids Swim Trunks, Peek A Boo Patterns School’s Out Shorts, and the new Lowland Kids Swim Briefs.  For reference his waist and hip measurements are 23.5″ and 26.5″ and he’s 52 inches tall.
He picked all of these fabrics.  My kids are lucky to get to see the previews and they all end up with lists of their favorite prints.  This guy was adamant that he get Sharks, Surfboards, Pirates, and Checkers (to match big brother of course!).  I’m always happy to sew up as much swim as possible!

This is the Linden Shorts.  This is a size 8 cut at the skirt ruffle hemline and I used the full elastic waistband and added the swimsuit liner from the add-on pack.  I used 1-inch elastic in the waistband although it calls for 1.5″ (I highly recommend sticking with the 1.5″).  The fit on these is good.  The rise is a little shorter than the others so if your little one tend to need more room I would recommend adding a bit of height to the rise.  I like that these are a little slimmer through the leg too.

These are the 5 out of 4 Kids Swim Trunks.  This is a straight size 8 shorter length with inseam pockets.  His biggest complaint with these is that the hole for the pocket opening is so small he can’t fit his hand in.  I’m also not a big fan of the 2″ elastic waistband, I think it’s a bit too wide for his size and he complained about it too but that’s an easy thing to switch out next time.  Overall, the fit of these is good.  The rise is better on him than the Linden’s and with those little tweaks this will be a great pattern for his body.

These are the Peek-A-Boo School’s Out Shorts.  For these I sewed a size 7 and cut them at the 6 mos. knee length line (it’s about an inch longer than the short cut line).  I sewed up the Lowland Kids Swim Boardies last year for him and just love this style.  He said the Boardies were too short so I wanted to give the PAB pattern a try again (he had this pair from two years ago).  These might be my favorite!  I think this style in the Surfboard print is just perfection! They sew up super quick (no hemming, yay!) and I love the look of the bias trim.  He did complain that the elastic around the thighs of the liner was too tight but that’s something I can fix in the future as well.

The Lowland Kids Swim Briefs are different from the other patterns in that it uses regular stretch swim fabric.  I’ve always loved the Sew Like My Mom Palm Euros and this pattern is a great alternative as he gets older and has a strong opinion on what he wears (no tight suits for him!).  The pattern comes with a regular (slim) option and a wider option for sizes 6/7-9/10.  This is a 7/8 in the wider option.  I did a pocket band instead of binding and skipped the drawstring holes in the waistband.  I love this pattern but did really struggle with the waistband- like unpicking it a million times and setting it in time out so I could pour me a stiff drink (Coke on the rocks with a little Coconut creamer for good measure).  It was a lot of slippery layers and it was tricky to stretch the elastic to fit but not impossible and it does leave a nice clean finish at the waist.  He declared this suit his favorite and definitely the most comfortable.  The soft swim fabric I’m sure is so much softer against the skin than board short fabric and that’s a huge plus for this kid that lives in sweatpants everyday.

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Are you sewing for boys?  Is there any other patterns we should test out?  I’m pretty sure we found some keepers with this group and I’m sure he’ll be asking for more come summer time.

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